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Hirohiko Araki Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Sho-chan’s Adventures

Hirohiko Araki recommends Sho-chan’s Adventures -The Complete-, drawing its main characters as tribute for its 100th anniversary.

The manga artist of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Hirohiko Araki, drew artwork in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the manga Sho-chan’s Adventures (Shō-chan no Bōken). His drawing features the main character of the series, a boy named Sho-chan, and his sidekick squirrel named Risu.

Sho-chan’s Adventures is a manga drawn by Katsuichi Kabashima under the pseudonym Tofujin, and written by Nobutsune Oda. The magazine Asahi Graph and newspaper Asahi Shimbun serialized the four-panel manga series from 1923 to 1926. Sho-chan and his friends visit strange countries and worlds, where they encounter bizarre fantasy creatures.

The series is notable for being the first manga to incorporate dialogue through speech bubbles.

Araki Recommends Sho-chan’s Adventures

For its 100th anniversary, the publisher viviON THOTH released a complete edition on November 22, 2023, including reprints of all 866 chapters. Araki recommends it, with his artwork featured on the book’s obi strip.

Going on an adventure with Risu. That’s the kind of thrill I dreamed of when I was a kid.

Hirohiko Araki

History between Araki and Kabashima

Hirohiko Araki and Ryosuke Kabashima

Katsuichi Kabashima passed away in 1965, but he is the grandfather of Ryosuke Kabashima, Araki’s first editor since before his debut as a manga artist. Araki has stated numerous times that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure would not exist without Ryosuke Kabashima’s support. Kabashima encouraged Araki to avoid doing what is popular among other Weekly Shonen Jump titles, encouraging him to draw what he wants to and travel to other countries.

In addition, Ryosuke Kabashima personally advocated for Jump to publish Cool Shock B.T., as other editors disapproved of its Japanese title (Devil Boy B.T.) and eccentric content. This is likely the reason why Araki’s artwork of Sho-chan features “B.T.” on Sho-chan’s cap and belt buckle, especially since this year also marks Cool Shock B.T.‘s 40th anniversary.

When the Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition: Ripples of Adventure ran in Nagasaki from January to March 2019, they also celebrated the artwork of Katsuichi Kabashima, with 34 works selected by Araki. Araki stated that when he was younger, he used Kabashima’s drawings as reference for his art. “I particularly like the paintings that depict the sea and sailing ships.”

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